noun, often attributive
out·​pa·​tient | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce outpatient (audio) \

Definition of outpatient

: a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment — compare inpatient

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Now back home, Luka will continue with intensive outpatient therapy. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Teen Vaping Has Created Addicts With Few Treatment Options," 18 Dec. 2018 Alabama law does not require people forced into outpatient treatment to be reported to the background check system. Amy Yurkanin, AL.com, "Alabama fails to stop many with mental illness from buying guns," 4 Mar. 2018 The new Oceanside building will have physician offices, urgent care, imaging, outpatient surgery and lab services. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Scripps medical building approved for Vista Way in Oceanside," 26 June 2018 But our experiences aren’t unique: Over 80% of patients receive opioids after low-risk outpatient surgeries—and too many of those prescriptions are filled. WSJ, "Should the Government Limit a Physician’s Ability to Treat Patients With Opioids?," 24 June 2018 Her outpatient surgery, which was not announced at the time of the procedure, took place at the private King Edward VII's Hospital in central London, where Philip had his hip surgery. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Why is the Queen wearing sunglasses? She just had successful eye surgery," 8 June 2018 An outpatient surgery several months later completed the cosmetic creation of nipples. Ruth O. Selig, Washington Post, "Years ago when my twin got breast cancer I took drastic action and am grateful I did," 28 May 2018 Most patients can have their colonoscopy performed at an outpatient surgery center, rather than a hospital, where services generally cost more. Sarah Gantz, Philly.com, "Patient beware: Insurance covers colonoscopies in full - except when it doesn't," 20 Apr. 2018 During a two-hour outpatient surgery, three incisions are made to place the device. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Apnea woes? New implanted device may restore uninterrupted sleep," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of outpatient

1715, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outpatient

: a person who goes to a doctor's office or hospital for treatment but who does not spend the night there


out·​pa·​tient | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce outpatient (audio) \

Medical Definition of outpatient

: a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment — compare inpatient

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